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Attacks kill 19 in Iraq as Iranian diplomat visits

A sticky bomb attached to a minibus exploded Tuesday afternoon in Baghdad’s Shi’ite neighborhood of Sadr City, killing three passengers and wounding eight others.
A sticky bomb attached to a minibus exploded Tuesday afternoon in Baghdad’s Shi’ite neighborhood of Sadr City, killing three passengers and wounding eight others.Karim Kadim/Associated Press

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Bombings and shootings killed at least 19 people in and around the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, as Iran’s foreign minister visited the neighboring country amid a backdrop of increasing violence in a restive western region.

Iran has been watching the unrest in Anbar province with alarm, since it shares U.S. concerns about al-Qaida-linked militants taking firmer root in Iraq. It has even offered to supply military equipment and advisers should Baghdad ask.

‘‘We support Iraq in its war against terrorism,’’ Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told reporters at a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart. ‘‘We have always stood with the Iraqi people in their war on terrorism.’’

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